A SECOND Kirklees councillor has hit the £30,000-a-year mark in allowances.
Labour's Clr Harry Fox hits the landmark after a whopping 72% increase in his pay as chairman of West Yorkshire Fire Authority.
He will get £19,030 from the fire authority and £11,100 from the council.
Furious Tories condemned increases which fire authority councillors awarded themselves.
Clr Robert Light, Kirklees Council Tory group leader, said: "I am appalled at this decision which makes Clr Fox the second Kirklees councillor after the Liberal Democrat leader, Clr Kath Pinnock, to be earning more than £30,000 a year in allowances.
"Don't ask me how to justify the increase, because I can't.
"I have no idea what Clr Fox does to receive such an allowance. I do know he doesn't deserve it."
The annual bill for fire authority councillors is rising from £58,000 to £100,000.
Tories voted against the increase, saying they should be pegged to the money awarded to firefighters.
Clr Light said: "These increases cannot be justified. They are an insult to all council taxpayers in West Yorkshire, not just Kirklees.
"They are not only way above the rate of inflation, but way above the increases awarded to firefighters.
"It is outrageous - and of course the cost will be passed on in council tax increases to Kirklees residents."
The authority was forced to review its allowances after a change in the law.
Dr Declan Hall, of the School of Public Policy at Birmingham University, was appointed to assess allowances and devise a new scheme.
His 40-page report said members' responsibilities were not simply limited to formal business meetings, but included a huge and increasing amount of work behind the scenes.
Clr Fox said: "One thing I would certainly wish to insist upon is that money be clawed back if members fail to attend meetings or carry out approved duties without good reason."